Is what you are eating poisoning your gut?

Ultra-processed foods and drinks, which come in packets and no longer look or taste like traditional foods, are one major hallmark of the Western diet. In high-income countries, ultra-processed foods are now dominating the food supply, and they are rapidly gaining ground in growing economies. Ultra-processed foods have devastating effects on the microbiota. Everything we […]

Processed foods increase your cancer risk.

In a recent study of 104 980 participants, for every 10% increase in processed food, there was a 12% increase in the risk of overall cancer and an 11% increase for the risk of breast cancer. This includes people who eat processed foods 3 or more times a day, including highly processed breakfast cereals, take-aways, or […]

Parkinson’s Disease, gut health and the fiber factor

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a scary, relentlessly progressive neurodegenerative disease which is now showing up in more people and younger populations than ever before. It is believed to be a consequence of both genetic susceptibility and a number of environmental factors including gut health, resulting in increasing neuronal oxidative stress. A large amount of evidence […]

Colic is an inflammatory condition linked to the gut microbiome.

Inflammation is literally the body “on fire” and is a primary immune mechanism response of the body to a range of noxious stimuli. Chronic inflammation is being shown to be involved in the onset and the development of most if not all chronic illness that are now at epidemic proportions in our society. These include […]

The gut microbiome

The different compartments of the gastrointestinal tract are inhabited by diverse populations of microorganisms often governed by the pH of that environment. By far the most important predominant populations are in the colon, primarily the large intestine. It was originally believed that the composition of the intestinal microbiota was relatively stable from early childhood; however, […]

Antibiotics and “The War on Bacteria”

While antibiotics have been lifesaving, the over-prescription of antibiotics has sparked the evolution of drug-resistant strains of life threatening bacteria, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths each year. The US Centers for Disease Control estimate that up to 50% of antibiotics prescribed in the US are unnecessary. Unfortunately, the use of antibiotics is often […]

Antibiotics and weight gain

A large number of pharmaceutical agents including many over the counter and prescription drugs are linked with weight gain and obesity especially antibiotics. The growth (fat) promoting effects of antibiotics were first discovered in the 1940s. Since then, antibiotics administered in low doses have been widely used as growth promoters in the agricultural industry worldwide. […]

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